Santa Clara County Local News: Housing


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Image caption: Does California’s signature environmental law protect the state’s scenic beauty, or cause more problems than it solves?
CEQA: The Surprising Story of CA’s Key Environmental Law

The California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA, is both the state’s signature environmental legislation, and is also often named as the villain in the state’s housing shortage. But the story may not be that simple.

Image caption: Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society

Zoning laws determine what can be built and where. These laws have shaped California, but are they really just tools for social engineering? The history of zoning is closely tied to racial segregation, as well as the state's shortage of …

Image caption: Owning homes is the primary way the middle class builds wealth, and an option no longer available to most Californians.
Is California’s Housing Crisis Making Inequality Worse?

California has some of the worst economic inequality in the United States. Is the housing crisis a cause?

Image caption: Thousands of homeowners have been kicked off their fire insurance policies.
California Fire Insurance Crisis: How the State Helps Homeowners

As California insurance companies have revoked the fire policies of thousands of homeowners, the state has taken steps to get them covered again.

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05/14/2024
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San Jose activists are rallying outside City Hall to protest a plan by officials to divert affordable housing money to shelters and sweeps.

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05/14/2024
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State officials are contradicting claims made by San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan in his push to redirect affordable housing money to homeless sweeps and shelters.

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05/13/2024
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A cranny of Campbell is slated for demolition to make way for a larger housing project, leaving some residents and businesses unsure if they will be able to stay in the West Valley city.

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05/11/2024
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Santa Clara’s housing plans are still out of compliance with the state, but the city hopes its newest draft will be the final effort.

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05/10/2024
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San Jose housing commissioners had blistering words for a proposal to divert affordable housing money to shelters and sweeps.

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05/07/2024
In their May 6 meeting, the Palo Alto City Council approved a 75-unit condominium complex on San Antonio Road.

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05/06/2024
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Regional leaders are brainstorming ways to keep affordable housing production up and eyeing a hefty funding source.

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05/06/2024
Housing, climate change and inequity were among the topics for discussion as local community leaders met to discuss the most pressing needs in the region.

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05/03/2024
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More than 100 Santa Clara County seniors struggling with the cost of living will have a place to call home in downtown San Jose within the next few years.

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05/02/2024
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A brewing battle in the California courts may lift San Jose from the mandates of a controversial law that ended exclusionary single-family zoning statewide.

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05/02/2024
A mixed-use development of 75 condominiums and retail space is being proposed for 800 San Antonio Road in Palo Alto.

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05/01/2024
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Roughly 35% of Los Gatos residents rent, with an average payment of $3,252, according to data from the town and Zillow. That’s 13% higher than San Jose and 55% higher than the national average.

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05/01/2024
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Unless California solves its housing crisis, the state will lose more congressional seats and could shift the political alignment of the whole country

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04/30/2024
The 130-unit Solaire Apartments affordable housing complex at 425 Auzerais Avenue in downtown San Jose has opened for occupancy.

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04/25/2024
Image for display with article titled Housing Development Could Loom Over Los Gatos Backyards

A quiet neighborhood just off bustling Los Gatos Boulevard could be forever changed if a massive housing project comes to fruition.

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04/25/2024
A legal ruling by a Los Angeles judge will impact the ability to build duplexes or triplexes on single-family zoned lots in charter cities such as Mountain View, Palo Alto and Redwood City.

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04/24/2024
Image for display with article titled Sunnyvale Affordable Housing Project Opens Near Downtown

Dozens of affordable homes near Sunnyvale’s downtown are ready to welcome hundreds of residents.

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04/23/2024
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A homeless housing project is coming to South San Jose, and city officials want to clear the area of unsheltered encampments before it's built.

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